Douglas Johnson of Boston has proposed a new assignment zone scheme he calls the Neighborhood Plus Plan. He laid out the basics of the plan in a letter to the Globe this weekend. He said that families from each neighborhood would be allowed to choose from five to eight elementary schools. That includes walk-zone, within about a 1-mile radius for elementary schools, and three to five other schools that would be "chosen for capacity, diversity, programs, and reduced transportation. This would preserve a range of quality school choices, provide educational continuity, and better match students and classrooms," he writes.
Currently, BPS has divided the city into three large assignment zones. Families could potentially send their children to one of twenty-some schools. The district is currently reassessing its school assignment policy.